Jay Narayan

John C. Fan Distinguished Professor

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Dr. Narayan has made pioneering contributions in laser-solid interactions and transient thermal processing of materials, laser annealing and pulsed laser deposition, defects and interfaces and domain matching epitaxy. These contributions have resulted in novel functional materials such as supersaturated semiconductor alloys, metal-ceramic nanocomposites, laser-diffused solar cells, and discoveries of Q-carbon and Q-BN related materials, which are harder than diamond and exhibit record high-temperature superconductivity in B-doped Q-carbon. These discoveries have impacted diamond and c-BN related devices, high-efficiency Nano-Pocket LEDs for Solid-State Lighting, new era in oxide electronics, multifunctional smart sensors, and nanomagnetics for information storage. For all of these accomplishments, Narayan received North Carolina Science Award (State’s highest civilian honor) and was feted as “Michael Jordan of microelectronics” in the Chronicle of Higher Education (2010).



The discoveries of Q-carbon and Q-BN and conversion of carbon into diamond and h-BN into c-BN at ambient temperatures and pressures in air represent a major breakthrough in science and technology of diamond and related materials. This fundamental discovery relates to melting of carbon in a super undercooled state (over 1000K) below the normal melting point, and rapidly quenching to form a new phase of carbon (named Q-carbon) or into diamond determined by the degree of undercooling. The remarkable journey of the discovery of Q-phases and direct conversion of carbon into diamond and h-BN into c-BN started with his seminal papers in Science (Science 204, 461 (1979) and Science 252, 416 (1991)), which culminated in 2015-17 with a series of papers in ACS Nano 11, 11915 (2017); ACS Nano 11, 5351 (2017); ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 1, 807 (2018); APL 112, 223104 (2018); APL Materials 3, 100702 (2015); APL Materials 4, 202701 (2016); J. Appl. Phys. 118, 215303 (2015); J. Appl. Phys.  119, 185302 (2016); Materials Res. Letters 6, 353 (2018); MRS Comm. 2018 doi:10.1557/mrc.2018.35 ; and ten US Patents and two International Patents Pending. These patents have been licensed by Q-Carbon, LLC (www.q-carboninc.com) to commercialize Q-carbon, diamond, Q-BN and c-BN based products. He has received 2017 R&D-100 Award for Q-carbon and diamond related products; and 2018 R&D-100 Award Q-carbon harder than diamond with record high-temperature superconductivity.

Dr. Narayan’s group’s primary research focus is on novel thin film heterostructures involving epitaxy across the misfit scale of oxides and nitrides and their integration on practical substrates including the (100) Si and sapphire substrates (US Patent # 7,803,717). Narayan invented domain matching epitaxy (DME), which is based upon matching of integral multiples of lattice planes across the film-substrate interface, to address epitaxial growth of heterostructures across the misfit scale (US Patents # 5,406,123 & 6,955,985). The proposed DME paradigm and strain relaxation mechanisms were verified by in-situ X-ray diffraction studies in a synchrotron. The DME paradigm is revolutionizing the growth and integration of III-nitrides and II-oxides on polar (c-sapphire) and nonpolar (r-sapphire and Si(100)), where fully relaxed films can be grown on substrates involving large misfits. Kopin (and Kobrite) Corp have licensed Narayan’s ten patents on DME and novel ZnMgO-ZnCdO materials (US Patents # 6,518,077 & 6,423,983) in addition to his patents on Quantum confined NanoPocket LEDs and low-resistivity transparent epitaxial Ohmic contacts to manufacture high efficiency LEDs for solid state lighting(US Patents # 6,881,983; 6,847,052; 6,734,091; 7,122,841).

Narayan also pioneered the concept of solute trapping in semiconductors by his discoveries of laser annealing in the late seventies and the formation of supersaturated semiconductor alloys for which he received 1981 US-DOE Award and 1983 IR-100 on Supersaturated Semiconductor Alloys that form the backbone of modern Integrated Circuits. Narayan received the 2011 Acta Materialia Gold Medal for these pioneering contributions and his leadership in materials science worldwide. The concept of solute trapping, which was introduced by John Cahn in the early seventies, resulted in the 2011 Kyoto Prize for Cahn and the 2011 Nobel Prize for Dan Shechtman for his work on quasicrystals which formed due to Mn solute trapping in aluminum-manganese alloys.


Ph.D. 1971

Materials Science

University of California, Berkeley

M.S. 1970

Materials Science

University of California, Berkeley

B.S. 1969


Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Honors and Awards

  • NAE (Life Member), NAI (Life Fellow), NASI (Life Fellow),
  • North Carolina Science Award (Highest NC Honor), 2014
  • O. Max Gardner Award (Highest UNC System Honor), 2014
  • TMS RF Mehl Gold Medal, 2014
  • Acta Materialia Gold Medal, 2011
  • RJ Reynolds Prize (Highest COE Honor), 2011
  • Holladay Medal (NC State's Highest Honor), 2012
  • Lee Hsun Lecture Award, 2011
  • Inaugural MRS Fellow, 2008
  • ASM Edward DeMille Campbell Lecture and Campbell Prize, 2004
  • TMS Fellow, 1999
  • ASM Gold Medal, 1999
  • R&D-100 Award for Novel Nanodiamonds for Nansensing and Quantum Computing, 2019
  • R&D-100 Award for Q-carbon and Diamond Related Products, 2017
  • R&D-100 Award for New Materials Harder than Diamond and Superior High-Temp Superconductor , 2018
  • R&D-100 Award for Laser Diffused Solar Cells, 1979
  • R&D-100 Award for Supersaturated Semiconductor Alloys, 1982
  • R&D-100 Award for Metal-Ceramic Nano-composites, 1983
  • DOE- Outstanding Research Award , 1979
  • NSF Distinguished Service Award, 1992
  • Fellow ASM-International, APS, AAAS, BPS, MRSI ,


Advances in laser-assisted conversion of polymeric and graphitic carbon into nanodiamond films
Joshi, P., Riley, P., Gupta, S., Narayan, R. J., & Narayan, J. (2021). [Review of , ]. NANOTECHNOLOGY. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6528/ac1097
Discovery of double helix of screw dislocations: a perspective
Narayan, J. (2021), MATERIALS RESEARCH LETTERS, 11. https://doi.org/10.1080/21663831.2021.1973131
Formation of self-organized nano- and micro-diamond rings
Narayan, J., Bhaumik, A., Gupta, S., Joshi, P., Riley, P., & Narayan, R. J. (2021), MATERIALS RESEARCH LETTERS, 9(7), 300–307. https://doi.org/10.1080/21663831.2021.1907627
Liquid phase regrowth of (110) nanodiamond film by UV laser annealing of PTFE to generate dense CVD microdiamond film
Joshi, P., Gupta, S., Riley, P. R., Narayan, R. J., & Narayan, J. (2021), DIAMOND AND RELATED MATERIALS, 8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diamond.2021.108481
Role of Q-carbon in nucleation and formation of continuous diamond film
Narayan, J., Bhaumik, A., Gupta, S., Joshi, P., Riley, P., & Narayan, R. J. (2021), CARBON, 176, 558–568. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2021.02.049
3D Hybrid Plasmonic Framework with Au Nanopillars Embedded in Nitride Multilayers Integrated on Si
Huang, J., Wang, X., Li, D., Jin, T., Lu, P., Zhang, D., … Wang, H. (2020), ADVANCED MATERIALS INTERFACES. https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.202000493
Evidence of weak antilocalization in epitaxial TiN thin films
Gupta, S., Sachan, R., & Narayan, J. (2020), JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS, 498. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmmm.2019.166094
Catalyst-assisted epitaxial growth of ferromagnetic TiO2/TiN nanowires
Moatti, A., Sachan, R., Kumar, D., & Narayan, J. (2019), Acta Materialia, 167, 112–120. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.ACTAMAT.2019.01.052
Diamond film growth by HFCVD on Q-carbon seeded substrate
Sachan, R., Bhaumik, A., Pant, P., Prater, J., & Narayan, J. (2019), CARBON, 141, 182–189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2018.09.058
Direct conversion of carbon nanofibers and nanotubes into diamond nanofibers and the subsequent growth of large-sized diamonds
Narayan, J., Bhaumik, A., Sachan, R., Haque, A., Gupta, S., & Pant, P. (2019), Nanoscale, 11(5), 2238–2248. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8NR08823C

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